Parish Council meetings move online

Parish Council meetings move online

April 2nd is the first Parish Council meeting to be held online and is available for members of the public to join via computer, tablet or phone.

During the current COVID-19 pandemic Parish Council and Committee meetings will be held via online video conferencing using Zoom (website: zoom.us). Members of the public will be able to watch and listen via a link provided along with the agenda. The agendas continue to be placed in advance on noticeboards and on the Meetings Diary page of this website.

To attend the meeting check the Agenda and use the web link or phone number provided to join. There will be a separate link for each meeting.

The first time you use the link it may take a few minutes to install Zoom. Follow instructions on the screen. If using tablet or smart phone you may need to download an app so allow extra time. There is no need to set up a Zoom account yourself.

Members of the public will be able to see and hear Councillors on the screen, or hear on the telephone. But members of the public will be muted with the video turned off, and so will not appear on the screen or be heard. The exception will be if they are putting a question or are invited to speak by the Chair. If you have submitted a question and wish to speak at the meeting, please inform the Chair and Clerk if you would prefer to appear on video or to be audio only.

The meetings will be recorded as usual.

We have tested meeting in this way and are confident it can provide a good experience while we are unable to meet in person, but we would like to hear your feedback on the experience. Please email the Chair of the Communications Committee Lorna Berrett (lberrett.nhpc@gmail.com) with any comments or suggestions.

COVID-19 hub

COVID-19 hub

Visit our hub page and help us keep it up-to-date by telling us what you are doing or are aware is happening in your street. Visit the page here: https://northhinksey-pc.gov.uk/covid-19-community-hub/

We have an amazing community here in Botley and North Hinksey and many of you are helping out supporting the community at this difficult time. Please send us more information to keep the page up-to-date. Email the Website manager Lorna Berrett with your additions and updates.

Also, please refer to the Government’s latest advice and links to services and advice here: https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response

UPDATED: Annual Parish Meeting POSTPONED

UPDATED: Annual Parish Meeting POSTPONED

The Annual Parish Meeting originally planned for Thursday 19th March is postponed in light of the current situation with COVID-19. A provisional date was proposed for May, this has now been pushed back. While the law now allows for regular Parish Council meetings to be conducted by publicly open video conference, this does not apply to the Annual Parish Meeting.

Annual Parish Meetings are a chance for Parishioners to discuss matters of local importance. Although arranged by the Parish Council and chaired by the Chairman of NHPC, it is not a Parish Council meeting and operates under a different set of procedures.

These meetings usually involve updates on key activities in the community – for example in 2019 we had updates from Mace on the West Way development and on the proposed Expressway. We usually have the Community Police team attend to answer questions.

We did discuss ways we might be able to answer questions with an informal online meeting if that is helpful before we can hold the meeting. Please email any councillor if you have suggestions.

Leap Into Action!

Leap Into Action!

The Botley and North Hinksey ‘Big Green Day’Saturday Feb. 29th 11am – 4pm at Seacourt Hall and St. Peter and Paul Church Hall, West Way, Botley.

What can we do to make a difference?

Leap into Action! is Botley’s own community and environment day.  Last year the Parish Council declared a ‘climate emergency’.  Like other councils we are now looking at how we can most usefully work to tackle the crisis we face. We know that we need to work with our local community – this event is our first step in doing that.

Leap into Action! has a serious message, but the day will interesting and enjoyable.  There’s free activities in two halls – our new Seacourt Hall and St. Peter and Paul Church Hall.   

So come and find out how you can help to protect and improve our environment.  There’s lots going on:

  • Don’t throw away your unwanted clothing, books, dvds and music – bring them to the ‘Bring and Take’ (Starts at 11.15am – drop things off from 10.30am in the Church Hall)
  • Children are very welcome  – there’s face painting, the Orinoco Scrapstore ‘play space’, and Hill End Centre craft activities
  • Green your home and life: If you’d like to know more about what’s going on in Botley and across Oxford – and what you can do to help – there’ll be ideas and advice from local groups in the Seacourt Hall
  • You can green your home literally! – come and plant seeds and take them home for your house and garden. Bring your spare plants and seeds to swap (Runs from 2 – 3pm in the Church Hall)
  • We hope you’ll find something that you can do at home or locally for our environment: We invite you to come to ‘Planet Photobooth’ – make your ‘climate commitment’ and get your photo taken to show it
  • If you’re a cyclist bring yours along to see ‘Dr Bike’ to get it checked out and tuned up for free.
  • There’s entertainment including the Oxford Taiko group (Japanese Drumming) and our local Cry Havoc! morris dance team

If you want to talk or hear about what you can do there’s short talks on climate and the environment. Layla Moran MP will speak along and Vale D.C councillors will be with us.

There’s food and drink through the day including excellent cakes from Botley W.I. and “the best vegeburgers I ever tasted!”  from GreenBox (who regularly feed people at the Tap Social).

At 3pm we invite you to join our ‘community commitment’ meeting, where we’ll discuss what we can do to tackle climate change.

Keep in touch with what’s happening on the 29th via Facebook.

New Seacourt Hall Open Day

New Seacourt Hall Open Day

Seacourt Hall Open Day Saturday 25th January 10am-4pm. Come along and see the new community hall and its great facilities. There will be entertainment and demonstrations from regular Seacourt Hall users throughout the day including dancing, singing, and exercise, plus tours of the new Library upstairs, and lots of information stalls with local organisations. Snacks, cakes and hot drinks will be available throughout the day. Seacourt Hall is at 3 Church Way near Barclays Bank in Botley. http://www.seacourthall.org.uk/new-hall/ Drop in and see for yourself!

Road closed for crane work

Road closed for crane work

Delayed crane removal now on 8th & 9th January: no access to shops from Westminster Way.

SDC have informed us there will be no vehicle or pedestrian access to the West Way shopping area from Westminster Way on Wednesday 8th and Thursday 9th January to facilitate the dismantling of tower crane (Betsy) serving Block B. This was previously planned for December but delayed due to weather conditions.

Pedestrian access to the shopping areas will remain in place off West Way and via the walk through from Arthray Road. Vehicular access to the Co-Op car park will continue to be available via Elms Parade whilst these works take place. The new lay-by on Westminster Way will be used for any Tesco and Co-Op lorry deliveries. Vehicle and pedestrian access along Westminster Way will be unaffected.

SDC have apologised in advance for any inconvenience this may cause.

Expressway meeting & resources

Expressway meeting & resources

Information and resources from public meeting now available. Around 150 people attended the public meeting organised jointly by NHPC and Cumnor Parish Council.on 7th November to hear about the process, issues, and impact of the proposed Expressway. You can find downloadable versions of presentations from that event below and lots more information on the resources page.

We are also planning to post an audio recording of the whole meeting soon for those who missed it.

Presentations from the public information event in Seacourt Hall, Botley on 7th November 2019 (with additional content):

You can find more information and resources here:

The No Expressway Group are asking people to sign their petition to stop the Expressway. You can sign up on the NEG website.

Watch this space for details about further events and activities. We are expecting the announcement by Highways England of six possible routes in early 2020. You will have a chance to submit comments about these routes in a public consultation and we strongly encourage you to use this opportunity to speak out against the Expressway.